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Paul Shilling. Framed Print. IN THE BEGINNING.  12-1/2”W x 15-1/2”H
Paul Shilling. Framed Print. IN THE BEGINNING.  12-1/2”W x 15-1/2”H

Paul Shilling. Framed Print. IN THE BEGINNING. 12-1/2”W x 15-1/2”H

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IN THE BEGINNING

Framed print -12-1/2” W x 15-1/2”H

Artist: Paul Shilling  ( Dazaunggee)

Chippewas of Rama-First Nation

2014

Story:
IN THE BEGINNING
The hardest work I have ever done is to unburden the child. My child had many
experiences, ugly experiences, and the work for me was to go back, to embrace the little
boy that suffered so much.
I cut a slit in my heart and I wait for what?
For all my pain to seep out.
Shame, guilt, terror, rage; emotions I had gathered as a child.
A blanket of darkness.
Through the child I learn about myself, about who I am.
The child is the true warrior; he
survived, he struggled, he fought, was repeatedly pushed down and assaulted, but he
also got up, brushed himself off, and moved. It is through the child I can be in
relationship with myself, a relationship I haven't experienced before, a good relationship
cleared of hatred and blame.
I know from the inside that I came to this birth innocent.
I am worthy, I am kind, and I am good.
I trust myself, I take care of myself.
I know how to be safe and connected.
With my little boy, I can return to that original place anytime, for it is within me.
A light, a feather, that cannot be extinguished.
Paul Shilling